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A premium roof tile manufacturer was using considerable labor resources on a weekly basis in order to re-grease the ball sliders their handling machinery. This issues was occuring in multiple areas within the factory resulting in high maintenance costs and inconsistent performance leading to lost production.

Key Facts

  • High maintenance costs due to manual process
  • Contamination and dust ingress
  • Poor lubrication
  • Fixed preload and smooth linear motion requirement
  • Slide with solid lubrication K1 system
  • Internal structure of K1 system

Value Proposals

  • Application review highlighted lubrication and sealing needed improving
  • Introduced the solid lubrication system K1
  • Improved sealing and protection
  • Preload maintained longer due to reduced wear
  • Reduced running friction resulting in reduced actuator pressure needed for same operation ( 6 to 4 bar)

Product Features

  • Long-term, maintenance-free operation
  • Available in accordance with the FDA
  • Effective sealing function
  • Applicable to all the linear guide models
  • Regardless of the mounting orientation the operation of K1 units is always guaranteed
  • Designed to operate in highly contaminated environments

Cost Saving Breakdown

Before Cost p.a. NSK Solution Cost p.a.
$589/ machine x 6 machines $3,534 $509/ machine x 6 machines $3,054
52 re-greases x 30min / machine x 6 machines x $32 hour / operation $5,015 2 re-greases x 30min / machine x 6 machines x $32 hour / operation $193
52 re-greases x 30min / machine x 6 machines = 156 hours 2 re-greases x 30min / machine x 6 machines = 6 hours
Total Costs $8,549 $3,247



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